17 years for satanic ritual killers

2012-03-30 10:15

Johannesburg - Two of the men who admitted to the so-called satanic ritual killing of 18-year-old Kirsty Theologo have each been sentenced to 17 years in jail, according to a report on Friday.

The sentences - of which five years were suspended - were handed down to Lester Moody and Jeremy King, both 18, in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday, The Citizen reported.

Both men entered into a plea bargain with the State in a bid to get a lesser sentence.

In return they are expected to testify against the other accused: Lindon Wagner, 21, Robin Harwood, 18, Harvey Isha, 23, and a minor aged 15.

In October last year, Theologo was doused with petrol and set alight on a koppie behind the Linmeyer swimming pool in Julius Street, Johannesburg.

She died a week later in the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital.

Her 14-year-old friend was also burnt, but survived. She underwent skin grafts and other treatment to limit the damage caused by the fire.

The case against Wagner, Harwood, Isha and the minor was postponed to April 13.

  • Bubba - 2012-03-30 10:29

    Look, rape is bad mmmkay, but howcome rapists are getting double life sentences (no murder), but murderers are walking free after 18 years max?

      radlegend - 2012-03-30 10:35

      my point exactly!!!! these people need to be tied to the back of a truck, and dragged til they are barely alive, then slowly lowered into acid. That would be justice.

      Lucia - 2012-03-30 11:46

      I agree Bubba! This sentence should be for life!!! These guys are evil and should not be between humans. Bad bad guys!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-03-30 11:47

      They may have played a lesser role or their testimonies are essential for a conviction of the others.. Still seems like a short sentence when you take into account the time they will actually serve.

      Dimakatso - 2012-03-30 16:00

      Ya i also dont get it

      MyNews Comments - 2013-04-15 13:44

      who in their right mind will dislike this comment?

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-30 10:37

    Definitely the work of lucifer going down here, Eish!!

      zaatheist - 2012-03-30 11:50

      I wonder why they are not just called a religious killings because that is what it was are. Satan is a religious invention and whether people worship Satan, Jesus, one or more of the thousands of gods they are all just superstitious religious beliefs.

      Ben - 2012-03-30 11:55

      More likely the work of a bunch of juvenile psychotics...

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-30 12:34

      @zaatheist completely. After all without a fictitious God there wouldn't be a fictitious Satan. Damn the man.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-30 13:26

      Atheists should be charged with hate crimes.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-30 14:29

      @squeegee the hypocrite Makes racist comments when it suits him and then gets all offended when his belief in the invisible magic man are laughed at.

      J-Man - 2012-03-30 16:05

      @ Squeegee - if that's the (generalized) case you make, all religious folk should be charged with murder (in all the wars), genocide, fraud, rape etc etc. Grow up.

  • radlegend - 2012-03-30 10:37

    Observation: a rapist gets 2 life sentences. A murderer gets 17 years. Question: Which crime is worse? It's so counter-intuitive, and im super sure it's not right. KILL THE KILLERS!!!

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-03-30 11:35

      it was a deal cut in exchange for information on the others.

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-30 12:37

      And by the way rape is far worse , the woman,girl,child gets to live but suffers the trauma on a daily basis and sometimes never actually overcome the issues. When your dead your family have to deal with it.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-03-30 10:41

    Back in the Dark Ages,, the church would have sentenced them to burn at the stake. Guess that's one of their few admirable attributes over today's society.

      Ben - 2012-03-30 11:51

      And they would have burned you and anyone you loved if I called you or them a witch or a warlock.. Don't praise things you know nothing about...

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 10:45

    We have entered the prophesied era of "Lucifer running wild" and using kids as his agents. Be warned and accept Jesus in your life. May her soul Rest In Peace.

      Marion - 2012-03-30 11:15

      Lucifer running wild is the sign of an impotent God. The God I believe in is all powerful. That's why I refuse to be led by the nose to believe in the power of Lucifer. The evil here is all man-made.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 11:32

      Lucifer is never powerful, he is just a lier and a deciever. Our poor people are decieved and used by him to mock God.

      Lucia - 2012-03-30 11:51

      Well said Siyadyosiba. Die duiwel is los soos 'n brullende leeu maar God is sterker. God has more power, you must just believe and put all your trust and faith in Him!

      Marion - 2012-03-30 11:51

      @siyadyosiba - actually, Lucifer is the 'bright and morning star'. Satan is the one you are thinking of.

      Marion - 2012-03-30 12:06

      Don't eat the Woolies hot cross buns.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 12:13

      @Marion, Either of them is one devil who is a liar. We just have to invite and embrace the Holly ghost, and our lives will be saved. @Lucie, he sure is a damn liar and he doesnt have any place in our lives. God is our rock of ages.

      angelanell7 - 2012-03-30 13:12

      Sorry to correct you Marion, it's omnipotent God :)

      J-Man - 2012-03-30 16:06

      Lucifer doesn't exist. Problem solved.

  • MornĂ© - 2012-03-30 10:47

    Now we know what to do. Just enter into a plea bargain and you don't have to face the full sentence. What kind of justice system is this, for such crime being comitted.

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-30 10:49

    I don't see why a plea bargain should be offered to anyone just so that they can get a lesser sentence. Five years is a lot of time to get off. They should have sat for 25 years. SOBS.

      Robsschele - 2012-03-30 12:07

      The plea bargain is not to get a lessor sentence as such. There was probably not enough evidence to convict the others as well. So there was an agreement made with the two against whom you have a stong case that they will testified against the other four. That means that these two will go to jail for effectively 12 years each and the other four will then go to jail for the full term. If the plea bargain did not happen they might have walked free. Therefore all six will go to jail (2 for 12 yrs each and the other 4 for hopefully a much longer term each)rather than 2 for 17 yrs each and the others walk free.

  • Junebugg - 2012-03-30 10:52

    17 years for killing this lil girl, the Waterkloof boys got 12 years for killing that homeless man...The taxi driver who killed those kids in capetown go two years for each of the life he took. What do you have to do to get 25 years in South Africa?? Bomb Soccer city during Chiefs vs Pirates or Bulls Vs Sharks??

      siyadyosiba - 2012-03-30 10:55

      Eish Junebugg, cant say more to that. Its scary.

  • Johan - 2012-03-30 10:53

    Should've been 47 years.

  • Dakey - 2012-03-30 10:58

    No atheists here to condemn? Typical. Need the death penalty here folk, I know if I were her father what I would do, though I'd give them their 17 years of prison life first.

      Ben - 2012-03-30 11:42

      Typical what? Retarded kids got what they deserved. What's to condemn?

      Ben - 2012-03-30 11:52

      And by retarded I mean psychotic...

      Lucia - 2012-03-30 11:56

      No Ben! no no no!!!! Not a good respond from you!

  • Carla - 2012-03-30 11:08

    How is this justice??? They'll probably also get time off for "good behaviour". How does this help the 14 year old when 10 years down the line, these bastards are walking the streets again?

  • palesapr - 2012-03-30 11:09

    Uhmmmm.... 17 years???? Really?????? That's it? So these lil pipsqueeks will be out when they're 35/36 and then get to enjoy their loves? Kirsty isn't going to come back at age 35 to enjoy HER life. Yet another example of our VERY flawed justice system.

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-03-30 11:40

      And knowing our "correctional system", they'll come out much more ruthless and well organised to inflict more harm on the vulnerable, trusting and decent members of our society. So much for justice!!!

  • Manu - 2012-03-30 11:12

    This is what magistrate Ndamase was talking about earlier this week. If you are black and you commit a crime then be ready to serve hard time. 2 life sentences plus 10 years for a rapist ... 17 years of which 5 years are suspended (effectively 12 years) for a murderer ... And the difference is? Now I am not saying that the rapist should be given leniency, but why not treat the murderers harshly as well? Last week it was the Lotter case. Naidoo gets two life sentences back to back and the Lotter kids who killed their own parents get 12 years! This is very frustrating.

      Lucia - 2012-03-30 12:07

      Manu. It is true. These 2 evil maniacs should get 2 life sentences. Murder is murder irrespective what your colour is.

      Schmee - 2012-03-30 13:25

      Manu, your argument doesn't cut it. Do you know what race Lester Moody and Jeremy King are?

  • Marion - 2012-03-30 11:12

    Plea bargaining is totally unacceptable. Think it is just another crazy scheme introduced since democracy. If the police did their work properly then there wouldn't be any need to enter into a deal with anyone.

      Ben - 2012-03-30 12:07

      They probably only have circumstantial evidence on the others so to get eyewitness accounts from these guys a bargain was struck with the defense.

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  • Andrew - 2012-03-30 12:08

    Satan wins again

      zaatheist - 2012-03-30 12:35

      He is not such a bad guy. Just that Christians have given him a bad reputation. People killed by God in Bible: 2,473,633 People killed by devil in Bible: 10

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-03-30 12:56

      @ zaatheist: and that makes it ok?? Its the principal of it - Do the crime, do the time. Jail time is just not good enough! Imagine being set alight & burning to death. Sounds awesome huh? You should be burned at the stake too.

      Schmee - 2012-03-30 13:28

      Emily-Jane, Zaatheist isn't saying it's okay, he is saying that... oh whatever if you don't get it then it's your problem.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-30 14:57

      @Emily I have no problem with the conviction and sentence. In fact I support the death penalty and believe those convicted of murder should forfeit their right to life. Andrew raised the Satan issue. All I have done is point out the the real evil and murderous bastard of the bible is in fact the god described therein.

  • Pieter Janse van Rensburg - 2012-03-30 12:21

    Everybody is so hung up on the 17 years. All satanists should be burned alive for all I care.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-30 14:58

      No. All killers, including all of those killers who believe there is an invisible magic man.

  • avriltdm - 2012-03-31 10:44

    Anyone who can with intent pour petrol or put a tyre on someones neck.. set them.alight and watch while the person must scream and cry in pain is SICK And mentally disturbed They clearly have no remorse or conscious and therefore why should we allow them to plea when their victims must hsve pleaded for their lives and pain to end.

  • Virginia - 2012-05-25 08:26

    Love the acid bath! Yes definitely prefer that for these disgusting cretins who will be out on "good behavior or presidents birthday or something like that" way before the 17 years of 3 balanced meals a day and life of leisure come to an end.

  • Shaye Anderson - 2013-04-15 20:09

    These guys did what no human should go through, however they should be punished accordingly to their actions. Yes we should also forgive them too as we need to be forgiven for our sins daily. After all a sin is a sin and it cannot be justified, we should pray for them as well as the victim's family. After all we are created in the image of God and He hurts too, to see his children committing horrendous crimes.

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